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July 25, 2016
Beijing’s Coolest New Caffs

Whether you prefer beans or brews, Beijing has seen a host of cool new cafe and tea shop openings over the last year, ideal for sociable sips.

Moka Bros’ founders Daniel and Alex hail from Venezuela and Colombia, so know their coffee. Their mod take on a South American neighbourhood joint serves simple, seasonal food, with three Chaoyang cafes for casual work-or-play dining, offering art-daubed urban interiors and terrace chilling. Think berry tea or champers!

Minimal-sleek TiensTiens is a gallery for baked goods, with a crisp white exterior and glass facade. Pop in early for pastries, parfaits and pastel-pretty macaroons at this plant-peppered cafe-bakery, which whips up baguettes daily. Croissants and pain au chocolats are so Frenchy, or order a Vietnamese or Moroccan sandwich.

Light and airy Napa has Cali leanings and Med-meets-Asian influences, serving salads, soups and curries. The classy space features high ceilings and marble surfaces, with a juice bar, lunch counter and dining area. Order a bottle of wine and pretend it’s Friday!

Caffeine-heads make for Soloist Coffee, a pop-up turned permie hang-out, now boasting a second concrete-chic spot. Java knowledge is matched by the stylish multi-level space, with rough-luxe hardwoods, brass, cast iron and retro school desks. Sample the lab-brewed Steampunk 90+ (beans are roasted in-house) with bagels or paninis.

At Chaoyang’s lovely Longjing Tea House comfy sofas and mod-Ming armchairs beckon, or perch at the bar to try ‘cockteals’ (geddit?), which mix tea with booze. Signature Longjing combines green tea, gin and shochu. More tea, vicar?

Moka Bros / Solana Lakeside Dining Street / 6 Chaoyang Gong Yuan Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 5905 6259 / 10.30am-10.30pm daily / + branches /

TiensTiens / Courtyard 4 / Gongti Bei Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 8587 8897 / 9am-11.30pm  daily

Napa / 16 Liulitun Lu Zhongjie / Chaoyang / +86 10 1115 1686 / noon-9pm Tue-Sun

Soloist Coffee / 2/F / 3 Jingcheng Wang / Xicheng / +86 10 6606 1622 / 10am-10pm daily / + branch

Longjing Tea House / Courtyard 4 / Gongti Bei Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 6593 5998 / 10.30am-2am daily